a matter of
Definition of a matter of
1 —used to refer to a small amount It cooks in a matter of (a few) minutes. The crisis was resolved in a matter of a few hours. The ball was foul by a matter of inches.
2 —used to say that one thing results from or requires another Learning to ride a bicycle is a matter of practice. His success was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. It's only a matter of time before/until we catch him.
3 —used to explain the reason for something She insists on honesty as a matter of principle. All requests for free tickets are turned down as a matter of policy.
Word by Word Definitions
: a subject under consideration
: a subject of disagreement or litigation
: the events or circumstances of a particular situation
: to form or discharge pus : suppurate
: to be of importance : signify
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